New York Giants: Full Position Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis at Quarterback

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New York Giants: Full Position Breakdown and Depth Chart Analysis at Quarterback
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Eli Manning, center, leads the Giants at quarterback, over Ryan Nassib, left, and Curtis Painter.

On Friday, May 30, the New York Giants released quarterback Josh Freeman, a former first-round selection (2009, 17 overall) who threw for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns just two seasons ago as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

Upon his release, Freeman's inability to pick up new concepts quickly—not a new citation—has been to blame.

Still, the release of Freeman, a proven NFL starter, says a lot about the other three quarterbacks remaining on this roster.

It says that New York is still confident in its starter, Eli Manning, even as he recovers from an April ankle surgery. It also says that New York likes what it has in Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter in potential backups.

Manning, Nassib and Painter all made the 53-man roster a season ago, but that's not likely to be the case in 2014. The three will compete (to some degree) for positioning this summer, and the worst of the three will not make the team.

If the Giants keep only two quarterbacks, as they have in the past with Manning and David Carr, then a roster spot will be available to carry an extra defensive lineman or special teams standout, giving New York an additional ounce of flexibility.

This slideshow will break down the Giants' entire quarterback situation, highlighting and analyzing the three players involved from top to bottom.

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